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Additional NWA Freighters?  
User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2220 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
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Will NW need to add to the 12 B747s in freighter service to get the lift for the newly awarded Shanghai service? If so, what is being done to accomodate that need? Are ships already purchased? Desert fleet utlized? If not, what service, if any, will be decreased to fit schedule?


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User currently offlineE7plnr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 103 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

The plan is to add two additional freighters to the fleet.

Two current passanger 747-200...6631 and 6632 will be converted to freighters. This coversion will begin Jan 05. The conversions will take place at IAI or in China (Boeing).

e7plnr


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

NW has said they´re planning to convert some of its own 747-200s into freighters. That was, however, some time ago, and nothing has happened since.
For instance the relatively new ship N636US, built in 1986 and therefore in a perfect conversion age, has been parked since early this year. But nothing happened so far with it. NWA has about 8 742s parked in Mojave, only a few of them are to old for a conversion, having been built in 1971/72. Most of these parked aircraft were built in 1979.
Maybe NWA is about to change strategy in the light of skyhigh fuel-prices? The only other secondhand choice from 2006 on would be converted 744s.


User currently offlineSupa7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

Maybe they will use their DC-10s. Why not put a McD product to work? They are not even 35 years old yet.  Smile

User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2220 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
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E7plnr

Exactly what I was looking for. Amazing how many times this question has been asked in some oblique form or another but yours was first specific answer I've seen. After looking at your "respected by" list I'm not even going to ask for clarification. Good show. Keep us informed of program changes as I assume this will put any programs on the back burner up a notch.

Thanks Again



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User currently offlineFoxy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Perhaps they'll convert the DC-9's into freighters

User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

There are plans for two 747-200's that will be converted over in January, there is talk now that they may add an additional 2 (total of 4).


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User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

Any plans on reinstating cargo flight out of Seattle?

User currently offlineRedtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 206 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

No plans for SEA in the immediate future except for possible peak season flights carrying cherries to NRT. Consolidating on LAX/ORD/CVG/JFK in the short term - but obviously they can change/add markets to suit demand. The extra freighters that will be converted - 6631/6632 as mentioned earlier -will probably be used for future increases in frequencies. I have heard about a possible two more as well, but as NWA didn't get all the frequencies they wanted from PVG, this may be on the back burner for a while.

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

A good questioned was asked above; why won't NW convert their DC-10's to freight? They do remarkably well as cargo haulers.


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User currently offlineRedtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 206 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

Not sure about that YIP. If they flew DC10 freighters, they would end up with two sets of crews and all the scheduling headaches associated with that. Plus the cross-loading possibilities that are offered in ANC would be more limited with DC10s versus all 747s.

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